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North Carolina women rally past Tennessee-Martin

Xylina McDaniel, daughter of former Sonics standout Xavier McDaniel, helped North Carolina to advance in the NCAA tournament.


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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Xylina McDaniel had a perfectly good explanation for taking a shot while seated on the floor under the basket.

“I was just so wide open, I guess,” the sophomore said with a laugh.

McDaniel made that shot down the stretch and added a put-back with 56 seconds left to put North Carolina ahead for good in the NCAA tournament game, helping the Tar Heels defeat Tennessee-Martin 60-58 on Sunday.

McDaniel, daughter of former NBA Sonics standout Xavier McDaniel, finished with 14 points. North Carolina overcame an 18-point deficit with 10:51 left.

Other Stanford Regional

Penn St. 62, Wichita St. 56

Maggie Lucas scored 22 points as the Lions (23-7) beat the Shockers (26-7) in State College, Pa.

Florida 83, Dayton 69

Cassie Peoples scored 21 points to help the 11th-seeded Gators (20-12) knock off the sixth-seeded Flyers (23-8) in State College, Pa.

Michigan St. 91, Hampton 61

Freshman Aerial Powers had 26 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Spartans (23-9) past the Pirates (28-5) in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Louisville Regional

Louisville 88, Idaho 42

Sara Hammond scored 16 points to lead the third-seeded Cardinals (31-4) to a rout of the Vandals (25-9) in Iowa City, Iowa.

Maryland 90, Army 52

Lexie Brown scored 21 points as the Terrapins (25-6) overwhelmed the Black Knights (25-8) in College Park, Md.

Texas 79, Penn 61

Imani McGee-Stafford had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Longhorns (22-11) past the Quakers (22-7) in College Park, Md.

LSU 98, Georgia Tech 78

Danielle Ballard scored 24 points as the Tigers (20-12) defeated the Yellow Jackets (20-12) in Baton Rouge, La.

West Virginia 76, Albany (N.Y.) 61

Christal Caldwell scored 26 points, Bria Holmes added 20 and the Mountaineers (30-4) ousted the Great Danes (28-5) in Baton Rouge, La.

Iowa 87, Marist 65

Theairra Taylor scored 22 points as the Hawkeyes (27-8) defeated the Red Foxes (27-7) in Iowa City, Iowa.

Lincoln Regional

Connecticut 87, Prairie View 44

Breanna Stewart had 19 points as the Huskies (35-0) beat the Panthers (14-18) in Storrs, Conn.

Texas A&M 70, North Dakota 55

Courtney Walker scored 19 points to help the Aggies (25-8) defeat the Sioux (22-10) in College Station, Texas.

Saint Joseph’s 67, Georgia 57

Erin Shields scored 18 points to lead the Hawks (23-9) past the Bulldogs (20-12) in Storrs, Conn.



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